• Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
  • San Jose, CA

About NARF

The Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1985 in San Jose, California.

NARF is dedicated to protecting the dogs and cats in our community. We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and public education. Our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need and provide medical care while waiting to find their forever homes. Living at the foster homes allows us to give adopters a more complete background about their personality, in addition to how they get along with children and other animals. We are a NO KILL animal rescue organization.

A question we get often is “Are you affiliated with NIKE, the shoe company?” No. We are not affiliated in any way with Nike, Inc. For the touching story of how we got our name, visit our History page.

Our Mission

NARF is dedicated to protecting dogs and cats. We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and public education. Our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need. We provide medical care and locate quality, permanent homes for these animals.

Message from the President

Thank you for taking time to learn more about Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF)!

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to cats and dogs in need and are run entirely by our fantastic volunteers. We were founded over 30 years ago and, because we don’t have a shelter, we rely solely on volunteer foster homes to love and care for our adoptable cats and dogs until they find their forever homes.

You can meet these lovable cats and dogs at our adoption events held in various Silicon Valley locations, thanks to our amazing partners; Petco, Unleashed by Petco, Pet Club, and Pet Food Express.

For dates and locations, click here

I personally connected with NARF twelve years ago when my youngest daughter wanted to volunteer to work with the kittens. Over the years, I estimate we fostered over 30 kittens or cats in our home. In that time, we only had one “foster failure”: an animal that you fall in love with and can’t give up. Kodiak is still an important part of our family.

As a non-profit, we are funded solely by donations. Our largest fundraising effort is our Annual Walk for Homeless Pets. This year, our family fun event will be held September 10, 2017. Please look for more information on this event in the coming months.

In addition to our walk, NARF has also been fortunate to be chosen, for a third time, to receive funding from Silicon Valley Cares. We are looking forward to the Broomstick Ball, their fundraising event, this fall; it’s always a fun night!

Broomstick Ball

Most importantly, we have several programs for our community, including a seniors’ program, medical assistance, spay & neuter assistance and more.

To learn more about community programs, click here.

To keep up-to-date on all things NARF, please check back on our website and like us on Facebook.


Ann Keady

President, Nike Animal Rescue Foundation

Our Staff


  • Ann Keady President
  • Diane Herbst Vice President
  • Dr. Barbara Lee Secretary
  • Evonne Phelps Treasurer
  • Linda Pope Washington Operations

Board Members

  • Evonne Phelps Fundraising Chairperson
  • Kathy O'Bryan Director of Operations – Cats
  • Christine Sies Director of Operations – Dogs
  • Randal Husk Newsletter Editor
  • Ann Keady Facebook Administrator
  • Linda Pope
  • Marlow Antonucci
  • Maggie Polston
  • Dr. Barbara Lee
  • Jennifer Winn
  • Diane Herbst

Non-Profit Information

501(c)(3) Form

Maddie's Fund Statistics

Maddie's Fund 2015 Statistics